Maybe after tomorrow night (Oct. 27), when the Northgate Tournament is over and done with, the Top 10 will get a little shake up. But for now, it looks like the usual suspects remain in their usual slots.

Which is fine with me but…. there was some movement that left me a bit puzzled.

How does a team remain undefeated in league play by beating its cheif rival and still manages to DROP in the poll?

I guess my real question is: Why doesn’t Albany get a little more respect?

The Cougars look to be legitimate contenders in Division III, own a 23-2 overall record and haven’t lost a game in the Bay Shore Athletic League (as of Oct. 25).

Perhaps that’s it. The Cougars play in an athletic league that has the words BAY SHORE in front of it intsead of EAST BAY.

It’s more than fair to argue that playing in the EBAL is like walking through a mine field every week, but that reputation shouldn’t hold so much weight every single week.

Monte Vista beat California, Livermore and Granada (those three teams have a combined three wins in league play) after losing three-straight to Amador Valley, Foothill and San Ramon Valley, however those wins were enough for the Mustangs to jump ahead of the Cougars in the poll by two spots.

The Wolves apparently were boosted by its win over the Mustangs and was ahead of Albany even though it lost to Amador Valley by this score 29-27, 25-14, 24-26, 26-24. The scores maybe say the Wolves are the better team, but in the end, its the “W” that counts.

I’ll just say that a team can’t control the league it plays in, it can only win the matches it has on the schedule. And that’s what the Cougars have done.

Anyway, that’s why we have polls. They are supposed to be fun and spark debate.

What do you do think?

— Ricardo Sanchez Jr.


1) Amador Valley (Like clockwork, this train is always on time)
2) Carondelet (is it Nov. 9 when Cougars play DV — yet?)
3) Deer Valley ( see Carondelet comment)
4) Bishop O’Dowd (see Amador Valley comment)
5) Foothill (waiting for rematch against Amador Valley)
6) Monte Vista (can’t wait until playoffs start for another shots)
7) San Ramon Valley (drops a tight one to Amador Valley)
8) Albany (Nicky Hagan and Jana Poole are ballers)
9) Castro Valley (write something about team here. Oops thinking out loud)
10) Las Lomas (rematch at Campolindo on Tuesaday Oct. 30 for league title)


  • Lou Panzella

    So whats so difficult Ricardo? The Northgate tournament totally cleared up the poll and NCS seeding . Amador Valley, the #1 team gets upset early, Carondelet the #2 team in the poll gets beat by Castro Valley, #9, Deer Valley #3 gets beat by #4 Bishop O’Dowd, unranked Washington takes Las Lomas.
    So Bishop O’dowd is #1 right? But wait, they lost to Carondelet at Castro Valley Tournament. So its Deer Valley? Or still Amador?
    This is a great time for womens volleyball in the East Bay – lots of very, very good teams, all capable of being the best on any given day. I can’t wait till playoffs start!

  • Linda Safir

    Seems like Bishop O’Dowd doesn’t get the coverage or respect they deserve. They have a lot of talent and it is time they got credit for it.

  • Paul Keaton

    Castro Valley: Wins over Albany, Monte Vista, Foothill
    Strong Block, defends the power game well, Natalie Erdman (senior) best hitter, Stacey Redmond (3 year varsity starter-junior) strong in middle, this is their year to make a run in the playoffs.

  • Paul Keaton

    Castro Valley: Two senior starters injured this past week
    Playoffs: Never mind

  • Ricardo Sanchez Jr.

    Hey Paul, keep your head up. Crazier things have happened.

  • Paul Keaton

    Oh, well. We pulled a sophomore off the end of the bench to play middle and she had shin splints! Started slow as a team but kept up with SRV for the rest of the match. Lots of drama and noise. We’re graduating three solid starters, don’t expect to land in your top ten next year. Really enjoyed your volleyball coverage on the web.